ELECTRIC CONSTRUCTION

It's no easy task rebuilding nearly 23 mi. of transmission line in the challenging terrain of Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail. Just to access the $45.7 million project, linemen must endure an hour-long hike or be flown in by helicopter. And yet for some linemen, the Bonneville Power Administration's Bonneville-Hood River Transmission Line Rebuild is a dream job.

An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on April 18 as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line. Officials said it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power to more than 1.4 million customers as outrage grew across the island about the state of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority.

AEP Texas announced it will expedite the rebuilding of a vital power line in the Coastal Bend area that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The Aransas Pass-Port Aransas Transmission Line Rebuild Project components include:Rebuilding approximately 8.1 mi.

More help is on the way to rebuild the ravaged energy grid in Puerto Rico. Dominion Energy Virginia announced Dec. 26, it is preparing to send restoration workers and equipment to accelerate ongoing restoration efforts on the island through the mutual aid process.

Transource Energy LLC must overcome some regulatory roadblocks before it can begin building a proposed high-voltage power line between Shippensburg, Pa. and Ringgold, Md. The project must be approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) before construction can begin.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) Xcel Energy said construction crews have wrapped up work on another segment of a transmission line that makes up a new power loop around one eastern New Mexico community. The utility announced that it has energized a 10-mi. segment of the line between two substations that straddle Roswell.

Directional Services Inc. (DSI), a full service licensed electrical and utility contractor, has been serving customers from Hope Mills, N.C., and the surrounding area since 2005 by performing horizontal directional drilling, power line utility work, commercial electrical work and solar farm construction.

A $119 million Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project will culminate with an 8.8-mi. electric-powered bus line with 20 stations on Central Avenue, formerly a portion of Route 66 that runs through New Mexico's largest city. The project is under way and the new rapid transit system is expected to open in fall of this year.

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) unveiled its latest concept machine – known as the EX2 – to industry specialists, policymakers, the media and academics at the Volvo Group Innovation Summit on Tuesday May 16th. The 100% electric compact excavator prototype delivers zero emissions, 10 times higher efficiency, 10 times lower noise levels and reduced total cost of ownership compared to its conventional counterparts.